I really wanted to like this and I have no doubt that it was well written, but Anil just didn't do anything for me and I found the story laboured. I was in Sri Lanka when reading the book and although it was interesting reading about places and events which happened where I was, it still didn't keep my attention and I was almost relieved when I finally finished it....Continua
Interesting in many respects: the prose is easy yet lovely, the topic (forensic medicine with a human rights angle), and the treatment of shifting in dimensions.
But somehow I didn't really like Anil's character. She didn't seem quite real, a trite stereotype of the many do-gooders. Somehow her motivations seemed forced.
While using the same successful and engaging writing style, Ondaatje's Anil doesn't seem quite to make it....Continua